William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
Milwaukee County Police Department
These diaries are a mixture of work and family affairs of William Bramwell Sizer. William was on the Milwaukee Police Department and a member of the Sherman Street Methodist Episcopal Church, later transferring their membership to Kingsley Methodist Episcopal Church and died in 1916. The diaries give a pretty good view of life in the years involved. The diaries were given to me for presentation on this site by family members see contributors page.
26 deg, Variable wind. Cloudy. Froze hard this AM. Very slippery. Checks this AM. Herm. Meyer to be buried from Gross's Undertaking Rooms at 2 PM. Change day:- Linden on N. Dist. at noon. Thawing all PM.
30 deg. Variable wind. Partly cloudy. Very slippery this morn. Thunder storm at 5 PM. Night officer brought subp. for J,D. Howe in Milbrath Case. Wm. M. threw stones at W. C. train & broke windows. Subp. in Abandonment Case, State vs Meyer. Sentance susp. in both cases. Back to beat at 10:21. Noon- Mrs. Naomi Hughes from Egan S.D. took dinner with us. She's visiting Moss's on 32nd St. First thunder storm of the season.
6 deg. NW wind. Clear. Growing colder. Cold all day. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:45. Went to Reilleys & ordered a summer suit.
10 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold but pleasant. Orders to go to Prize Fight. PM- 4:10 Arrested Carl Heller at 23rd & Clark. Booked him for com. Drunkard. Went to Prize fight at Panorama, 7:30. Home at 11:15.
30 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Raw wind. In court at 9AM. Wm. J. Kershaw appeared for def. & sentence was susp. Back to beat at 9:45.
32 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Rain & snow at 7 AM. PM, warm & foggy. Rain turning to snow at 3:30 PM & cont. all eve.
34 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Rising temp. Wind W. 7:45 Mad dog scare at 29th & Fond du Lac. Several persons bitten: Wm. Pfefferkorn, Mich. Stiehl, Dora Pinter, Wm. Zastrow, & others. Alb. Luepke 1646 Hopkins. Very warm all day. Wore rubber boots all PM.
25 deg. W. wind. Fair. Froze quite hard this morn. Report that dog I was after was shot in N. Mil. yesterday noon. 8AM. Anton Seknicka 3004- Hadley St., 54 yrs old, married 3 children 9 to 25 yrs of age, committed suicede by shooting himself i heart with shot gun. Coroner was notified. I waited till coroner came. Body was left at home.
26 deg. E. wind. Partly cloudy. Froze hard PM. Met Linden at 20th & Chambers at 2:30.
36 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Rain. Rain. Rain. Rain. Drill day: Back to beat at 4:15 PM.
26 deg. N wind. Cloudy. Snow fell during the night. About 3 in. of snow this morn. 8 AM went to Becks Plumbing shop, ordered plumber to & fix our sink.
18 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Cold & Chilly.
18 deg. Northerly wind. Partly cloudy. Cold. Miss. No. 2 held their SS. at 25th & Center at 4 PM.
25 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Snowing very hard all morn. Snowed hard all day. About 12 in.of snow fell. Ada's Birthday. 16 yrs. old. We had a party this eve. for her.
22 deg. N. Wind. Fair. Cold & pleasant. Tax bills this morn. Change day:- Schroeder on days. Served notice on Mr. & Mrs. Secker 1229-24th St. to be in Juvenile Court with their son Frank, who is charged with being a delinquent boy.
26 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. 8 AM. Arrested Frank Bodins, Milkman Driving Sleigh without bells. Went to West side Sta. & went to court. He put up $10.00 Bail & did not appear. Fined $5.00 & costs-$6.58. Back to beat at 9:45. PM. In Juvenile Court at 2 o'c. with Frank Seckers. O. G. Gilbert, Comp. Found Incorrigible & sent to Home for delinquent children at Wauwatosa for six months.
32 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Snowing this AM. Snowed all day. About 6 in, damp snow fell. Drill day:- Back to beat at 5:04. on acct. of paying taxes after drill. 7 bills amounting to $19.38.
3-18-190 32 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Mild weather. Thawing very fast all day. Rep. Caucus today 12noon to 8 PM.
43 deg. Cloudy. Rain during the night. Damp. Clearing toward noon. NW wind. 4 PM.- Kipps Teamster met me at 27th & Center. Said a man was run over 7 killed at Center St. crossing. I ran up there. Met Stolzenfeld on the way. Found badly mangled remains of Wm. Tank, 839-20th St., 17 yrs. old. Was stealing a ride on a freight train & attempted to jump off at Center St. Fell & his head was cut off & body otherwise mangled. Coroner took corpse to the morgue.
22 deg. SE wind. Fair. Froze hard this morn. Thawing during the day.
27 deg. E. wind. Cloudy. Sleet. Rain toward noon. Rauser. Sizer. take a tumble to yourself. JK., Lieut.. Rained nearly all PM. Thunder storm in eve.
34 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Growing colder. Thunderstorm during the night. Much water fells. Clearing toward noon & commenced thawing very fast. Wis. Furn. Co. flooded again.
28 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Rising temp. Wind SE. at 9 AM.
32 deg. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Raw wind. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:50 PM. Went down early & settled up Taxes at Secy's office. Turned in $21.75. Heavy thundershower at 6 PM & all eve.
32 deg. West wind. Fair. Growing colder. Chilly all day.
16 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Froze hard. Snow flurries during the day. Warr. this morn for Arthur Elkert 2315 Center St. Met Rooney at 27th & Fond du Lac. He had an abandonment Warr. for Robert Naumann, 32nd & Townsend & he could not find him. I took Warr. & found N. at Goerres Coopers shop. Arrested him at 4:40 PM. Called wagon to 32nd & Fond du Lac. Called to 948-24th St., family row. 5:45 sent to 21st & N. Ave. to see about a drunken Hack Driver. Went to 2315 Center after Arthur Elkert - could not find him. Subp. O.H. Chapin in Nauman Case.
16 deg. NW wind. Fair. Froze hard. Cold & disagreeable all day.
20 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Chilly. In court this morn with Robt. Nauman, 32nd & Townsend Ave. charged with abandonment. He & his wife had a war of words & he would not keep still. Judge Neelen fined him $5.00 for contempt of court & case held open till after Apr. 14th. Back to beat at 10:30. W.C. Spindler & O. H. Chapin, witnesses.
34 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Foggy, damp, looks like rain. Wm. Pfefferkorn went to Chicago this AM. to be trested at the Pastuer Institute for dog bite.
38 deg. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Showers during the night. Orders for Black Helmets on Apr. 1st. Walter Ginski 1389-23rd St., 13 yrs. old. Arrested for Ordering groceries & taking part of them with him & giving a wrong address for the rest to be sent. His step mother swore out Vag. Warr. this PM.
38 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Rained hard during the night. Orders at 10:45 to report at Sta. No. 5, 3rd & Hadley St. at 7 AM Apr. 1st. Average Min. Temp. for mo. 26 deg. Drill day: Back to beat at 4:30. Wore dress coat.this PM. Black Helmets tomorrow.